Monday, January 21, 2008

No Fist Shaking/Thank You!

I live next door to the place I work at. My morning commute is about 3 minutes which is lovely on most days. I love the spring, the summer, and the fall, my walk to work is cool, sunny, and delightful. January, February, and March are different though. I do enjoy my walks some mornings. There is nothing like walking through what looks like a snow globe, watching snow sit on my jacket and support me under my feet. Those days are exceptional though. The general winter commute to work consist of me wearing several layers of coats, a scarf, gloves, long johns, hat, and another scarf worn as a face mask almost (to cover my nose and mouth). The cold cuts right through you. I was walking this morning and thanked God for the cold, because it helped me appreciate the warmth. Every time I visit home (Jacksonville) I am always amazed at how beautiful the city is, you fly into what looks like water world, with the beach on one end and the rest of the city sits between rivers and intercostals waterways. It is beautiful. When I go there in the summer or anytime really, I request to go to the beach, to which I get the reply, “it’s too cold, it’s too hot, it’s too windy.” They do not appreciate their beach or city because they haven’t experienced something not as beautiful or harsh winter winds or almost falling on ice in the morning. In those moments of my winter work commute frustrations I am completely aware that I would not love the summer like I do without having to go through the unbearable cold. This can parallel what James writes about trials.

“Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4, NIV).”

The idea is that testing makes you stronger. A man does not know how strong he is until he lifts the weights in front of him. You cannot appreciate the summer without the winter. You cannot appreciate the fall without spring. We could not fully appreciate Jesus until we learn more about God through testing. He only pushes us enough to know that we will push back. God will not tempt us more than we can handle, but just enough to make us sweat (1 Corinthians 10:13). So I am thankful for those hard times in my life, for it was in those moments that God help me grow into more of the man He created me to be. It is always easier to remember to be thankful for temptations and testings after the fact, but I was reminded this morning to be thankful in those bad circumstances for there is always a way out and God will not give us too much, but just enough. So may you stop shaking your fist and God and thank Him for your troubles, for it is through these times He is creating a beautiful person.

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